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Check Your Boobs

Our charity

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

CoppaFeel! ® exists to educate and remind every young person in the UK that checking their boobs isn’t only fun, it could save their life. We are the first breast cancer charity in the UK to create awareness amongst young people, with the aim of instilling a new healthy habit that could one day save their life.

We are a very small team which, collectively, has one almighty big voice. Where we lack in experience and skills, we make up for in determination and valor. We were founded out of a need to right wrongs, and when we hear of more people diagnosed late, or young people dying from this disease, we know there isn’t a more powerful reminder to get up out of bed every morning.

CoppaFeel! is about more than discovering a cancer diagnosis. It’s about empowering ourselves to be proactive about our own health and body, as well as our outlook on life. It’s about knowing your boobs; knowing that if you do find something, you know what to do and if found early, you have many options. Put simply, breast cancer does not need to be detected late, and as long as we are here and continue to be supported by people like you, we will do all we can do make sure this doesn’t continue to happen. We are passionately committed to affecting real change.

What is our purpose?

To help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating you on the importance of getting to know your boobs

What is our action?

  • We target young people in their natural habitat, be it at a festival or on their university campuses, we will be there to integrate a life saving message into their lives
  • We offer free and easy reminder services such as a monthly text message, our iCoppaFeel! app or maybe as extreme as a friendly Boob-O-Gram to your place of work. We’re like a friendly bop on the head when you least expect it
  • We garner corporate support to co-brand and reach out to new audiences
  • We launch captivating, and some times challenging, national awareness campaigns that produce memorable PR
  • We organise events that don’t just raise funds, but awareness too
  • We enlist young breast cancer survivors to be our voice and create peer-to-peer awareness
  • We ask famous faces to help us reach an even wider audience
  • We may work with other cancer related organisations to ensure our message, time and funding is as effective as possible
  • We work with health professionals and policy makers to give early diagnosis the prominence it needs and deserves

What is our belief?

Too many women, and men, die of breast cancer due to late detection. Currently over 2000 cases are diagnosed at stage 4 each year – there is no stage 5. This is unnecessary.

We strongly believe all young people should be taught about all cancers and how to lead healthy lives from a young age. Which is why we have instigated a campaign to #RETHINKCANCER

How are we different?

  • We are proactive – learning healthy good habits when you are young can help you in years to come
  • Awareness is at the core of our operation. You won’t find us shaking a bucket on the streets, but we will be there asking you when you last checked your boobs

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1132366) which was set up in 2009 with the following objectives as stated in the Memorandum and Articles of Association:

  • To promote understanding of breast cancer through education and awareness
  • To organise events and activities to generate income for charitable aims
  • To cooperate with other organisations to achieve common goals in synergy with our aims

Kris’ Story

What happens at 23? Well, if you’re lucky, seeing a bit of the world, boozing with mates and a whole load of carefree fun. And if you’re less lucky? Breast cancer. Which is precisely what happened to Kris in 2009.

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Boobie Friends

Our Trustees

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Ruth Freeman

The Queen of Fundraising at Myton Hospice

ruth_frame-01 Ruth wears the fundraising hat within the CoppaFeel! family and brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the board.   “CoppaFeel! is a truly inspirational charity started and run by an amazing young woman who puts the wellbeing of others at the heart of everything she does and motivates so many to do the same – including me, so I was delighted to be asked to be a trustee!  Anything that raises awareness of the illness and how to detect it early sits very high on my priority list.”    

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Kate Lee

CEO Myton Hospice (aka very important lady)

kate_frame-01 I feel very lucky and honoured to be a trustee of CoppaFeel!. I have worked with loads of charities over lots of years and this one really is very special. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30, having had a lump for over a year and being told by her GP all women get lumps and bumps and not to worry!   I know she would be proud of my involvement with such an amazing organisation. I feel like I bring mother hen qualities to our board and ask the boring questions like "did we risk assess that?” (someone needs to be boring round here!)

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Rachel Wilson

She’s a doctor, don’t ya know.

rach_frame I’m a junior doctor so I try to bring medical insight to the team, not just the medicine but the actual practicalities of what CoppaFeel! is trying to achieve for the great British public.   We want people to know their boobies because early detection whether that be in the incredibly unlucky 20somethings or the unlucky but unfortunately common 50somethings, it really is the way to beat this cruel disease. So know your boobies now, in the future and always; coppin' a feel needs to be a life long habit!

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Steve Stretton

Marketing God

steve_frame copy "CoppaFeel! is an organisation that I feel incredibly close to. They have an attitude and a drive that I respect and admire. It's what makes them different. And I'm honoured to be their trustee."   Steve aka Marketing God has supported us since our humble beginnings when he used to head up the successful creative agency Archibald Ingall Stretton. He has helped us mastermind some of our boldest, most creative awareness campaigns since then and we’re very lucky to have his expertise and input on our trustee board.